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6 Ways to Celebrate the Fall Season in Council Bluffs
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6 Ways to Celebrate the Fall Season in Council Bluffs

October has begun, leaving us with those first feelings of cooler weather and the promise of the upcoming holiday season.

Keep that autumn cheer rolling by visiting Council Bluffs for a festive fall weekend! From orchards and pumpkin patches to scenic overlooks to haunted jails and escape rooms, we have something for everyone this fall season.

1. Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard

An afternoon at Ditmars can be spent apple picking, wine tasting, snacking (two words: nacho taters), pumpkin picking, or just taking in the scenery at one of their picnic tables. The orchard even hosts live music on select days.

2. Welch’s Pumpkin Patch

Pick a pumpkin fresh from the field at Welch’s. One of their best features is how much room they have for kids to run around and just be, well, kids.

3. Pioneer Trail Orchard & Pumpkin Patch

Visit Pioneer Trail Orchard & Pumpkin Patch for pumpkin picking, a creepy walk through a haunted house, apple picking, and more. Check out their calendar for Halloween fun coming up this October.

4. Lewis & Clark Monument Scenic Overlook

Take in the fall sights and colors at this gorgeous overlook of Council Bluffs. The scenery also includes the Omaha skyline and the Missouri River.

5. The Cryptic Room

For those looking for Halloween fun without a scare, The Cryptic Room is a perfect choice! This escape room is great for groups and features four rooms to choose from. Now the only question is, can you escape in time?

6. Historic Squirrel Cage Jail

The Historic Squirrel Cage Jail is said to be haunted, and there’s only one way to find out. Flashlight tours are offered on select days in October, but less brave folks can tour the jail during their normal daylight hours—you know, when the lights are on.

Visit our website for more fall events at!

Image credit: Council Bluffs Convention & Visitors Bureau

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